Three Ways to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Photography and styling by Shanna Wolf

More time at home means curating a tip-top porch for waving hello to driveway visitors (hello, COVID!) and increasing curb appeal. Homeowner Melanie Gehrke’s front porch in the Westmorland neighborhood (shown at the top) oozes contemporary, yet cozy, charm. “The style of my house is very common in my neighborhood, so I wanted to add dimension to the front of the house and do something unique,” says Gehrke. The home’s classic black and white motif is warmed with wood accents — a hot design trend right now.

Metal awning design and installation: Custom Metals (Madison). Landscaping: The Bruce Company. Pari rattan chair, $128, Anthropologie. Sheepskin, stylist’s own.

Try one of these curb appeal-boosting combos.


Go for a contemporary look with these touches:

  • Atlas Modern Avalon house number, $22, The Hardware Studio
  • Sherwin-Williams Humorous Green SW 6918 paint
  • Hinkley Walker outdoor light, $299, Ferguson
  • Emtek Melrose front door hardware, $395, The Hardware Studio
  • metal and leather lantern, $97, Décor Madison
  • Christopher Knight Home Metropol Acacia bench, $170, Target
  • Opalhouse geo rug, $15, Target



Modern Farmhouse

Bring that country feel for more curb appeal:

  • Frank Lloyd Wright Collection copper floating house number, $14, Home Depot
  • Benjamin Moore Mopboard Black CW-680 paint
  • Hinkley Foundry outdoor lantern, $369, Madison Lighting
  • IMAX Tauba copper finish mailbox, $150,
  • Ashley Furniture
  • button outdoor concrete accent table, $210, Ashley Furniture
  • Hello Circles Everyspace recycled Waterhog doormat, $40, L.L. Bean


Midcentury Modern

Add a modern twist to your home: 

  • Montague sea blue floating house number, $9, Home Depot
  • Benjamin Moore Sun Valley 350 paint
  • Hubburton Forge outdoor hibiscus pendant light, $920, Madison Lighting
  • Marina blue wall mount mailbox, $19, Home Depot
  • Wegner outdoor natural teak chair, $400, Brown & Beam*
  • sun and rainbow welcome mat, $55,

*photo courtesy of Brown & Beam



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